Infection prevention specialist Vernacare, based in Bolton, has appointed Nicola Boulton as chief financial officer, with responsibility for finance, business planning and HR.

She joined the business four years ago as financial controller and has helped manage a phase of rapid growth for the company.

This includes Vernacare’s 2015 management buyout – led by majority shareholder Palatine Private Equity – and the recent acquisition of Chorley-based Synergy Healthcare Consumable Solutions (HCS).

Nicola is an ACCA accountant and a graduate in business administration and management from Sheffield Hallam University. She was previously senior accountant for Johnsons Apparelmaster.

She succeeds Paul Wright, who was performing a dual role as chief operating officer and chief financial officer and can now focus more fully on business strategy.

Paul Wright said: “Nicola has a strong record of achievement as a financial and commercial leader. Her promotion comes at an exciting time for Vernacare as we enter a rapid phase of growth following our recent major business acquisition.”

Nicola Boulton added: “Vernacare has huge ambitions and it is great to be part of a professional and innovative company that never stands still. I look forward to contributing to our continuing success story as we expand the business both in the UK and internationally.”

The recent acquisition of HCS has almost doubled Vernacare’s turnover and provides the company with two major UK manufacturing facilities in Chorley and Bolton.

From these locations, Vernacare produces its safe and hygienic care products, which reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections in hospitals and long-term care facilities across the globe.

The firm’s single-use system of toileting and cleansing is providing a sustainable alternative to traditional plastic ‘wash and re-use’ methods.

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